Day 4 review:
Starting weight: 147.2, (5'9 tall)   Goal weight: 137.2 by Aug 1  Exercise goal: Intense – 4 days, moderate – 2 days per week
Weight lost in day 3: 144.2 – 3lb lost, 1.6 since day 3!
Exercise?: No workout. oops.
Happy 4th…4th day of July, AND 4th day of the 10lb challenge! 
(Seems fitting, no?)
Little Miss Sassafrass refused to smile. Typical.
I wanted to jump for joy when I stood on the scale this morning…another 1.6lb lost! It's amazing what it feels like to see your hard work paying off. It might only be bit by bit, but it feels good all the same.
However, I'm headed to bed tonight with a bit of a heavy conscience. It's safe to say that I fell off the bandwagon a bit today. I think it was the whole, “it's a holiday” mentality. I tried to make good choices with my food during the day (got a grilled sandwich when we bought lunch), but then fell off the wagon tonight at a friend's BBQ.
I was just plain hungry.
It was a long day in the hot sun, I'm nursing, have been exercising more than I've done in years, and I've been concentrating so hard on my food…I used all those excuses and I just let go tonight. I ate a TON of food! To my credit, I did a good job of sticking with as many fruits and veggies as possible.
But what I feel guilty about is that I ate 2 cupcakes, a bunch of chips, and lots of pasta salad.
Now, any normal person would think, “oh what's the big deal?” But for me, it was the loss of self-control that was hard. I didn't need 2 cupcakes. One would've been perfectly fine. But I went back to my old ways of not making conscious choices, and just going on auto pilot. “Oh that cupcake was GOOOD. I think I'll grab another.”
Another guilty feeling?
I talked Bubba out of exercising tonight. I fought him on it for a while…
“It's a holiday…it's already 11pm…I'm so tired…let's do a break just tonight.”
I was so happy when he caved in. But guess what?  I feel crappy about it! Now it's too late (literally…time for bed) to go back on my decision, so now those calories are just going to sit in my body all night and undo the hard work I've done the last few days.
But I have hope for a few reasons:
  • We all make mistakes. It's never too late to undo them, and one mistake doesn't mean you ruin everything. It's how we recover from those mistakes that matters most.
  • I can't be perfect all the time, so my weight loss will be a result of the month as a WHOLE, and not just one day here and one day there. So I can't let one bad day ruin the process for me; I can still plug forward.
  • I can work out extra hard tomorrow to help make up the difference.
So tomorrow it's back on the wagon! Focusing on my food, and putting extra effort into exercising tomorrow night. Wish me luck on the scale tomorrow morning…
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